Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

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Beacon Press, 2011 - Social Science - 273 pages
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After peaking at 27% of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one tenth—a decline unseen and unimaginable in other men's pro sports. Latin Americans, by contrast, currently represent more than a quarter of all major leaguers and about 50% of those in the minors. Now, more Dominicans play in the majors than African Americans, and soon as many Venezuelans will be on the field. The story of African Americans and Latinos in Major League Baseball is typically one of shameful segregation. But for players of colour, integration was also painful--among its other costs, it decimated the formerly vibrant Negro Leagues, one of the first national black institutions to emerge after Reconstruction, and often grouped Latin players into Jim Crow racism. Integration on MLB's exploitative terms costs black and Caribbean communities control over their own sporting lives. In its wake, black owners, general managers, umpires, and eventually fans disappeared from professional baseball. Today, MLB embraces the legacy of the Negro Leagues as a way to better market itself. By imposing its imperial will on black America and the Caribbean, MLB has achieved unprecedented prosperity. For the first time, a brilliant baseball historian puts the pieces together and unveils a fresh and stunning argument: baseball has never been stronger as a business, never weaker as a game.
  

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Review: Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

User Review  - Gay Ann - Goodreads

Raceball boldly, unfolds the history of baseball, as told through the eyes of African-American baseball historian. In the process of American major league baseball integrating Jackie Robinson and ... Read full review

Review: Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

A really thorough look at the history of integration in baseball and the effect it's had on the sport. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
THE GOSPEL OF BASEBALL
BLACKBALLS HEYDAY
INTEGRATIONS CURSE
NEW CARIBBEAN CURRENTS
WHITEOUT
THE RISE OF THE ACADEMIES
EPILOGUE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Rob Ruck teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. Author of Sandlot Seasons: Sport in Black Pittsburgh and The Tropic of Baseball: Baseball in the Dominican Republic, he made the Emmy Award–winning documentary Kings on the Hill: Baseball's Forgotten Men. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Maggie Patterson, his coauthor for Rooney: A Sporting Life.

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